Cuba - José Martí

Statues and busts of José Martí are about as common in Cuba as pictures of Che Guevara, and for similar reasons. According to Wikipedia, "José Julián Martí Pérez (January 28, 1853-May 19, 1895) was a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher, and a political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence". He also fought against the threat of United States expansionism into Cuba. From adolescence, he dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba and intellectual independence for all Spanish Americans."


(click to enlarge) Statue in Parque Central, Havana.


(click to enlarge) Bust of Martí and tile rendering of the Cuban flag in entryway of Maqueta de la Habana, the museum housing the remarkable 1:1000 scale model of Havana. This is supposedly the second largest city model in the world (only New York City's is larger). It is used by city planners to examine siting plans for new buildings.

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